On propulsion, guidance and control in effecting satellite rendezvous
Brandel, William John, Jr.
Wildey, Robert Louis
Sandorff, Paul E.
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This investigation analyzed families of ascent trajectories to determine total velocity requirements, division of velocity impulses and the expected errors in position and velocity upon arrival in the terminal region caused by uncertainties in the position, magnitude and direction of the velocity vector at burnout of the booster stages. Conditions at burnout of the booster and apogee of the trajectory were colved usng an IBM 650 computer; the error analysis was accomplished by numerical integration on IBM 709 equipment repeated up to the apogee time of the zero-error trajectory. From the tabulated and graphical results presented herein, some trade-offs between propulsion requirements and the accuracy of guidance and control systems can be seen.
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